Monday, 09 December 2013

Sida and UNIDO help vocational training centre leaders to sharpen their management skills

TURIN, 9 December 2013 - Career guidance and employment service, promoting quality apprenticeship systems, and public-private partnerships and skills development were some of the topics covered at a recent training course at the Academy of Skills Training at the International Labour Organization’s International Training Centre in Turin, Italy.

The Management Training programme is one of the three pillars of the Learning and Knowledge Development (LKD) Facility implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

“The training is very essential, timely, and has totally changed my perception about Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and its management across the world. It is a great privilege to be taking part and I extend my heartfelt thanks to Sida and UNIDO, without whom this opportunity wouldn't have occured,” said Tamirat Deneke, from Ethiopia, one of the four management trainees.

The Management Training pillar utilizes a four-step approach. First, the managers undertake a skills gap analysis based on a competency framework and a management training handbook. Secondly, the managers are linked with high-level executive coaches who guide them in the selection of learning needs and personal development actions. Step three includes identifying themes and particular sessions that they should attend while at the Academy of Skills Training. The final step includes another interaction with the executive coaches in order to reflect on the learning results and how to apply these in practice.

“The four-step approach ensures that the managers on the programme are able to customize their learning to their own needs and circumstances. By working with executive coaches they are supported as they go through the process of needs assessment and personal development actions,” said Gillian Martin-Mehers, the LKD Facility learning expert.

Another management trainee, Asso Fatah, from Iraq, said, “This training has increased my motivation and self-confidence, as well as broadened my mind about the field of vocational training.”

The Management Training pillar of the LKD Facility will be complemented by trainings organized by Festo, Scania and Volvo; the three companies currently participating in the LKD Facility.

The other two pillars of the LKD Facility are the Learning and Knowledge Development Platform and the Project Development Facility.

For further information, please contact:

Virpi Stucki
UNIDO Project Manager
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